Need for Speed

Film, Action and adventure
Need for Speed

‘Breaking Bad’ fans will tell you that Aaron Paul is a talented actor, but it’s hard to believe watching this car-racing actioner inspired by the ‘Need for Speed’ video games. He looks visibly uncomfortable playing street car racer Tobey Marshall, who foolishly does business with leather-clad rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper, with an American accent and channelling the cast of ‘Grease’).

After a spell in prison, Tobey emerges with revenge on his mind and accepts a challenge to drive a multi-million-dollar Ford Mustang to San Francisco. There he will compete in a furrowed-browed race with the US’s best drivers.

Mercifully, the plot requires a love interest, chatty Brit Julia (Imogen Poots), to come along for the ride. Julia works for the car’s owner and is protecting his interests, or something equally spurious. Flirty-eyed Poots could create chemistry with a plank of wood, and manages to wring a few laughs out of the script.

And so, after a creaky, clichéd start, ‘Need for Speed’ picks up a bit. The script is still as corny as hell, but the chase scenes are pretty spectacular, whether Tobey is just showing off, trying to scare his passenger or shake off the bad guys. Audiences purely interested in the cars won’t be disappointed – frankly they’re sexier than the cast. But anyone looking for a story, or a performance as impressive as Jesse from ‘Breaking Bad’, will be. And no, Aaron, lowering your voice like Vin Diesel doesn’t make you an action hero.

By: Anna Smith


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Wednesday March 12 2014
Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott Waugh
Screenwriter: George Gatins
Cast: Aaron Paul
Dakota Johnson
Imogen Poots
Dominic Cooper
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Amazing film. The only thing that could be better is if you were in the car with the man himself Aaron Paul!